Villanova Basketball Recruiting 2015 Big Board: May 2014 Edition

Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Your monthly offseason update on Villanova's 2015 recruiting effort.

Welcome to the offseason! The 2015 board will occur on the first weekday of the month, and the 2016 board will be posted on roughly the 15th of the month.

The Villanova Wildcats are currently sitting pretty, as they say, with regards to recruiting. They've got two commitments lined up in the 2015 cycle already with guard Donte DiVincenzo and forward Tim Delaney which should allow Jay Wright to be very selective in this cycle, as well as the loaded 2016 class.

H/T to Mike, we've got a nice graphic of the roster outlook, so you can get a good feel for how the next few years will play out. It is way too early to bank on a certain number of scholarships available, but it feels like Villanova will be after at least one more prospect - and God willing - 2 or 3 more so that they use their full allotment of scholarships available.

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Point Guards

Ryan Arcidiacono and Dylan Ennis will have 1 year of eligibility remaining when this class is on campus, but Phil Booth committed to Villanova at the end of July. It would be nice to bring in at least one ball handler.

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Jalen Brunson

Lincolnshire, IL

(Stevenson & Mac Irvin Fire)

6'2", 175 lbs.
  • Illinois
  • Michigan
  • Michigan State
  • Kansas

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Villanova recently conducted an in-home visit with Brunson, who insists he hasn't cut down his list of suitors just yet. Check out the last quote here - sound familiar?

Levan Alston

Haverford, PA

(Haverford School & Team Final)

6'3", 170 lbs.
  • Temple
  • St. Joseph's (PA)
  • La Salle
  • Penn State
  • Rhode Island

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Alston took an unofficial visit to 'Nova in early June, but 'Nova has yet to offer like some of the other local schools. Alston's father played at Temple, but he has insisted that won't give them an edge.

He had a very impressive showing at the first EYBL session, and should get some more high-major looks soon.

Isaiah Briscoe

Newark, NJ

(Roselle Catholic & NJ Playaz)

6'4", 205 lbs.
  • Arizona
  • Syracuse
  • Indiana
  • Florida
  • St. John's

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It's hard to see Villanova staying involved with Briscoe - he seems to have been favoring Arizona for a while, and is more focused on local schools like St. John's and Seton Hall on the east coast.


Shooting Guards

Jay Wright has his man to replace Darrun Hilliard, who will have graduated when this class hits campus.

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Donte DiVincenzo

Wilmington, DE

(Salesianum School & Team Final)

6'3", 170 lbs.
N/A

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DiVincenzo committed in early January and gives Jay Wright an athletic combo-guard that can both score and distribute.

Malachi Richardson

Roselle, NJ

(Trenton Catholic & Team Final)

6'5", 195 lbs.
N/A

Richardson committed to the Orange over Villanova, Arizona, UConn, Indiana and Rutgers in December.

Franklin Howard

Fairfax, VA

(Paul VI Catholic & Team Takeover)

6'4", 175 lbs.
N/A

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Howard committed to Syracause in mid-April over Georgetown, Maryland, NC State, Ohio State and Virginia.


Small Forwards

The commitment of Mikal Bridges added a nice piece to the wing for Villanova, and they look really good here in the coming years with Josh Hart and Kris Jenkins added to the fold in 2013.

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Josh Reaves

Fairfax, VA

(Paul VI Catholic & Team Takeover)

6'4", 185 lbs.
  • Temple
  • Georgetown
  • Penn State
  • VCU
  • Wake Forest

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Reaves had good things to say recently about Villanova at the EYBL scrimmages, and he remains a priority target for Jay Wright.

Trey Lowe

Trenton, NJ

(Ewing & Team Final)

6'6", 175 lbs.
  • Rutgers
  • Seton Hall
  • St. Joseph's (PA)
  • Temple

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An elite scorer, and by all accounts, a player who should absolutely blow up on the EYBL circuit this summer. Villanova is reportedly very close to offering and could throw themselves into the lead.

Chris Clover

Philadelphia, PA

(St. Joseph's Prep & Philly Pride)

6'4", 200 lbs.
  • Drexel
  • Penn
  • Temple
  • St. Joseph's (PA)

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Clover picked up an offer from Villanova (along with Drexel) at the 'Nova team camp in mid-June. CoBL notes he's transitioning from the frontcourt to the wing, and needs to improve his jumpshot. He's said that he is considering leaving Philly for college.

Derrick Jones

Radnor, PA

(Archbishop Carroll & WE-R-1)

6'6", 180 lbs.
  • Syracuse
  • Kentucky
  • Kansas
  • Maryland

Villanova is still actively working on Jones, and sent coaches to the Pitt Jam Fest to watch him play. He's supremely athletic, but his game isn't very polished right now.

Forwards/Centers

Delaney being in the fold so early is a big plus as it allows Jay Wright to be a little more selective and focus on some big names.

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Tim Delaney

Pitman, NJ

(Pitman & WE-R-1)

6'8", 225 lbs.
N/A

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Delaney should be the anchor who replaces Daniel Ochefu as Villanova's next presence in the post. It would be good if he had some company, however.

Chris Silva

Roselle, NJ

(Roselle Catholic & NJ Roadrunners)

6'9", 210 lbs.
  • Syracuse
  • Creighton
  • Cincinnati
  • Seton Hall
  • SMU
  • Miami (FL)

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Chris Silva was offered by Villanova at the beginning of October. His recruitment is just starting to pick up, he saw Villanova in person twice last season - @Seton Hall and home vs. Marquette.

Thomas Bryant

Rochester, NY

(Bishop Kearney & Team SCAN)

6'8", 225 lbs.
  • Syracuse
  • Florida
  • UCLA
  • Arizona
  • Kentucky

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Bryant had hoards of coaches watching him at the EYBL. He's thought to be a Syracuse lean because of his location close to the campus.

Moustapha Diagne

Sparta, NJ

(Pope John XXIII & NJ Playaz)

6'9", 230 lbs.
  • Syracuse
  • UConn
  • Memphis
  • Rutgers
  • Cincinnati

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Diagne was one of the most impressive prospects at the first EYBL session, but it doesn't look like 'Nova is heavily involved despite an early offer.

Marcus Derrickson

Fairfax, VA

(Paul VI Catholic & Team Takeover)

6'7", 230 lbs. N/A

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Derrickson committed to the Hoyas shortly after their Midnight Madness event to kick off the last season.

Anybody you think we should be tracking? Let us know and we'll add them to the board.

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Make sure to stay tuned to our dedicated section for 2015 Villanova basketball recruiting where we'll be filing all our big boards along with any other posts that deal with recruiting in the 2015 cycle.

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